Delayed wrestling match


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Looks like the Wasaren League title showdown between Granville and Tamarac will have to wait after the announcement Granville has a confirmed MRSA case.

According to the AD Mike Macura and Superintendent Mark Bessen due to the planned clean up efforts relating to the reported infection of a member of the wrestling team all athletic contests were postponed while the locker rooms were given a thorough cleaning.

With the way league matches have broken thus far it look like that night’s action should be something to see.

If you haven’t ever seen one, or are a casual fan of high school sports, do yourself a favor and come out on January 20.

Junior varsity and modified wrestling starts at 6 p.m. and depending on the number of competitors the varsity match starts some time after that, typically about 7 p.m.

Making the investment in time to come out and see the whole show will be worth it.

As a wrestling fan from way back it always blows my mind to see those guys who might have been a bit awkward or not in the best shape in their early years hit the mat just a few years later as a finely-tuned pinning machine.

I don’t know enough about the Tamarac lineup to go weight class by weight class, but the Bengals program is recognized as one that’s on the way. New coaching and a renewed interest have turned around a barely there program that managed to beat Granville heads-up last year.

An improved Golden Horde team should hold the advantage, but that’s part of the fun and gamesmanship of rolling out the lineups the way they do. Years ago the matches just started at the lightest weight, often 96 pounds, and went up to the heavyweights (285 pounds).

Now the starting point/weight class is drawn at random.

What this move effects are strategic coaching choices. Does a coach want his wrestler to avoid a certain opponent? Is there an easy win one weight down, a new wrestler in the lineup who lacks experience?

A lot of questions the coaching staff must ask themselves before figuring out their lineup.

A move up or down of one weight class can mean to difference between facing a defending section champ or a newer, less-experienced wrestler and make the difference between a win and a loss – giving up six points for a pine, for example, or taking six team points for a pin.

Those of you who’ve been to a match likely already know, when two wrestlers are announced (for example Jones will take on Smith or Brown at 112) that’s where coaches are plotting their moves for maximum team points. You’ll also note the teams alternate between having to send out a wrestler first another factor in the lineup games.

Bottom Line? For you entertainment dollars, what does it comst $3 to go to a match? You can’t go wrong coming up to support your local wrestlers or any Horde team for that matter.



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